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Chapter 21. Connecting to a Business Net... > Connecting to a Virtual Private Netw...

Connecting to a Virtual Private Network

Virtual private networking (VPN) is a networking technology that enables you to access a remote network across the Internet or a network attached to the Internet via a secure encrypted connection. In Windows Me, VPN uses the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol to create a secure tunnel to a PPTP or VPN server over Dial-Up Networking.

With this technology, you easily can avoid long-distance charges when traveling or when working from a remote location. For instance, if you use a national Internet provider, such as MSN or CompuServe, you normally have access to the Internet via local phone numbers no matter where you travel. If you travel to a remote location, all you need is a local access number for your ISP. After you dial your ISP, you launch a VPN connection to your corporate network across the Internet. When the connection is made successfully, you have access to all resources just as you do with traditional Dial-Up Networking.


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